2010 Teacher of the Year - Barbara Furr


   A.  Teaching/professional achievements and number of years teaching experience:

         1.  Certified by MTNA (College Teaching Certification)

         2.  Thirty-five years teaching experience, both at the University level and as a private studio teacher

   B.   Evidence of teaching excellence (i.e. students’ successes):

         1.  A three-time MTNA state winner and Southern Division Alternate

         2.  Four MTNA state honorable mention winners

         3.  A five-time winner of the Old Dominion University (Virginia) Classical Piano Competition

         4.  A winner of two Eastern Music Festival Competitions (Summer 2010),

              resulting in a performance at the Kennedy Center in D.C. and a performance with the Eastern Music 
              Festival Orchestra

         5.  Many concerto competition winners, resulting in nine different concerto appearances with orchestras

         6.  Many featured Focus on Piano Literature (UNC-G) soloists

         7.  Many District and State NCMTA Piano Contest-Festival Superiors

         8.  Many music majors who are now professional musicians

         9.  Several students selected to perform in masterclasses with Nelita True, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert 
              McDonald, Philip Bush, Douglas
Humpherys, Andrew Cooperstock, Bart van Oort, Lambert Orkis, Peter

  C.  Accomplishments/contributions to the music profession and/or to NCMTA and MTNA:

       1.  Adjudicator for competitions

       2.  UNC-G Summer Piano Camp faculty member for seventeen years

       3.  UNC-W Summer Piano Camp faculty member for five years

       4.  Chair of UNC-Greensboro School of Music Advisory Board

       5.  Cape Fear MTA President

       6.  District Piano Contest-Festival Chair

       7.  Clinician for NCMTA contest music 

       8.  Service on NCMTA Board of Directors

            a.  President (1997-1999)

            b.  President-Elect/Conference Chair

            c.  Vice-President (MTNA Foundation)

            d.  Secretary

            e.  Constitution/Handbook Chair

            f.  Planning Senate Chair

       9.  Service to MTNA

            a.  Junior Competition Coordinator for North Carolina

            b.  Southern Division Secretary

            c.  Southern Division Competition Program Book Coordinator

            d.  MTNA Foundation Vice-President for North Carolina

            e.  Adjudicator for North Carolina MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition

  D.  Participation in Local, State, and/or National MTNA programs:

       1.  Many student entrants in NCMTA Piano Festivals; many District and State Superiors

       2.  Many student entrants in MTNA Junior and Senior competitions; several top winners at the State and
            District levels

  E.  Community involvement:

       1.  Personal involvement

            a.  Conduct masterclasses and workshops at UNC-Wilmington and  and for area MTNA associations

            b.  Present programs to local and regional MTNA associations

            c.  Organize programs to be presented at UNC-W

            d.  Featured duo-pianist at Southeastern Community College Piano Festival for several years

        2.  Student Involvement

             a.  Serve as Wilmington Symphony Orchestra pianists

             b.  Serve as guest artists for programs at UNC-W and in the community

             c.  Present retirement home programs and concerts

             d.  Serve as church pianists and organists

             e.  One student was invited to be guest artist of WHQR public radio and The Beat magazine